The York City School Board will next week consider allowing the district to seek exceptions to raise taxes by more than its state-allowed limit next year.

The state Act 1 tax index limits York City to a 2.7 percent tax increase for 2013-14. But the district could apply for exceptions that would allow taxes to be raised by up to 5.67 percent, according to Richard Snodgrass, business manager.

Officials had originally estimated the district would have a deficit of about $9.5 million to fill for next year, though the governor's proposed budget included more funding than anticipated, which would narrow the gap to about $4 million.

At its meeting next week, the board will consider a preliminary budget that would include the 5.67 percent increase, as well as a resolution to seek the exceptions.

Officials at a finance committee meeting Monday emphasized that seeking the exceptions doesn't mean the board must raise taxes by that much, but it gives them the option.

Board Vice President Michael Miller said that if the board doesn't move to seek exceptions, its hands would be tied later.

Urban 4-H: The school board also heard a presentation from Tia Bess, with Penn State Extension's Urban 4-H program. Bess said she wants to revive the relationship with York City schools, proposing events at three elementary schools in hopes of establishing clubs there and a leadership conference for high school students.


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Existing grant funds would pay for the events, she said. If clubs were established, there would be membership fees -- usually $15 per student per year -- but Bess said she would work to keep those fees low as well.

Policies: The board will be working to update its policies, some of which are several years old, board members said. Part of that discussion will be on the district's electronic device policy and the potential of bring-your-own-device policies, which would allow students to use their own devices in class.

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